An Albany Academy student has been elected by his peers to be the Youth MP for Chorley. Year 11 student and Head Boy at Albany Academy Christopher Ashworth is a member of Chorley’s ‘Youth Council’ and will now represent the youth of Chorley not only locally but at county and national level. This means regular trips to London to attend the houses of parliament for youth MP debates.
Chris has taken over from former Albany Academy student Kelly Swaby who did an amazing job campaigning for young people's right to vote at 16 as well as campaigning on many local issues. Chris came first in the vote ahead of fellow Albany Academy student Jonathan Tiley (Year 8) who came second and two other representatives from Chorley Youth Council.
Chris is first campaign will focus on young peoples mental health. Chris has a two year term as Chorley’s youth MP and will be attending a regional meeting on Sunday 13th March to look at what matters affect young people in Lancashire. From this meeting Chris will decide what he feels he needs to campaign for.
Chris said, “I feel honoured to have been chosen to represent the youth of Chorley. In the two years which I will be a Member of Youth Parliament for Chorley, I simply want to make a difference. I want to hear the voices of the young people and take them forward to make sure they get heard. I also want to encourage other young people to take part and to see that youth council is not just a boring meeting, it is a place to get your voice heard.”
Mr Mayland, Headteacher at Albany Academy said, “Albany Academy students are highly motivated by many local and national issues, which is why I’m not surprised that we have returned our second consecutive Chorley Youth MP. I’m particularly pleased that Chris is aiming to address a major concern of mental health. Chris is a real leader here at Albany Academy and I know he will have an enormous impact on the Youth Parliament.”
Chris has been involved in the Chorley Youth Council for the past year and will remain on the council whilst she is the Chorley Youth MP. Chris is also part of the student voice at Albany Academy.